Hottentot meaning

hŏtn-tŏt
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A member of a nomadic pastoral people of SW Africa.
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A Khoikhoi person.
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Any of the Khoisan languages of the Khoikhoi.
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The Khoisan language of this people.
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Of the Hottentots or their language or culture.
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(archaic or offensive) A member of the Khoekhoe group of peoples.
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The language of the Khoi, remarkable for its clicks.
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Any of several fish of the genus Pachymetopon, in the family Sparidae.
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Origin of hottentot

  • Afrikaans

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Dutch variously ascribed to mean stutterer; and from hot en tot being an approximation of common sounds in the Khoi language. First known use 1677 (in Dutch).

    From Wiktionary